How Can I Find A Research Study To Be In?

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Studies that are designed to test new treatments on humans are called Clinical Trials. Clinical trials are used to test treatments for cancer. Some are developed for specific symptoms. Before enrolling in a study be sure you talk to your doctor and see if s/he recommends it. Be sure to carefully weigh the benefits and risks of the trial. This is not done to scare you but to be sure you have the best treatment.

There are several ways to learn about clinical trials and how to be enrolled:
1. Always talk to your physician first. S/he may already know about clinical trials.
2. The National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network (NCCN) at www.nccn.org. (select “network hospital”) to find a center in your town or nearby
3. Some hospitals websites have a link for clinical trials.
4. On the internet go to www.clinicaltrials.gov. This site is sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

If you are interested in being in a clinical trial but are concerned you will be a “guinea pig” for research, do not worry. All studies are carefully and thoughtfully designed. All studies MUST undergo internal review at the hospital and be approved by an Institutional Review Board. Moreover, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strictly regulates and monitors how clinical trials are conducted. You also are protected because you cannot be enrolled in the study until you review and sign a consent form. This form should describe the purpose of the study, the treatment you will receive, possible side effects of treatment, and risks and benefits. By signing the form you are indicating you understand the study and agree to participate. If you do not understand then do NOT sign the form
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Steve shares what he learned from his personal experience with cancer.

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